What you need to know
- A Texas tech law is currently going through an appeal court in the U.S.
- A judge presiding over the case seems convinced that Twitter is not a website, but rather an "internet provider."
- Another judge expressed that without the law, phone carriers could terminate phone calls that contain speech they don't like.
A federal judge presiding over an appeal regarding a new Texas tech law appears convinced that Twitter is now in fact a website, but an internet provider.
Protocol reports proceedings pertaining to a new Texas tech law that was appealed by Big Tech trade groups and successfully paused, from Tuesday:
The state of Texas has appealed the pause and is trying to get the law back on the books, but it sounds like the judges were having some difficulty understanding some pretty basic concepts in the case:
Judge Edith Jones told a lawyer for the plaintiffs, trade groups representing Big Tech platforms like Google, Meta, and Twitter, that their clients were "internet providers... not websites."
Another judge, Andrew Oldham, also expressed concern that without the new law, mobile carriers like Verizon could stop customers from making calls if they contain speech the carrier doesn't like:
Oldham also expressed concern over the "extraordinary" rules that state liberal speech, as well as conservative speech, could be banned on platforms, alluding to the impending takeover of Twitter by Elon Musk:
The report notes Jones "appeared to confuse internet service providers (broadband and wireless companies) with interactive computer services more than once"
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